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One of the main cities of Brazil, Sao Paulo lures visitors with its charming old buildings, interesting museums, refreshing parks, convenient location and vibrant nightlife, making it an attractive holiday destination.
The most magnificent of the city’s remaining architecture is the stunning Fundacao Maria Luiza e Oscar Americano, a virtual museum in itself with its eighteenth-century furniture, religious sculptures and collections of silver, china, coins and tapestry. Several of the mansion’s paintings are masterpieces, including works by Post, Portinari and di Cavalcanti. The beautiful gardens and grounds of the house are a pleasant place to spend a relaxing morning or afternoon, and the hilltop location affords excellent views of the city and surrounds.
Other sights in the city are the Baroque Teatro Municipal, the Edificio Copan, the 16th-century Patío do Colegio, and the acclaimed museums of Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo, Museu de Arte Contemporanea, Museu de Arte Moderna, Museu de Folclore, Museu da Imagen e do Som, Museu Lasar Segall, and Museu Paulista. Families will enjoy the vast Parque do Estado with its excellent zoo, while others can relax with a book in the pleasant Bosque de Leitura (reading woods) of Parque do Ibirapuera or stroll through the charming Parque Siqueira Campos.
Sao Paulo is famous for its multicultural atmosphere and has an exciting nightlife scene, with many cafes, bars, pubs and clubs with varied themes. The city has an abundance of quality accommodation, and the food is superb.
Nearby are the beautiful beaches of Ilhabela, Ubatuba, Iguape and Cananeia, where you can enjoy all kinds of water sports. Alternatively, head for the hills and the tranquil mountain resort of Campos do Jordao.
Sao Paulo’s International Airport serves direct flights from many cities, and transportation options into the city are numerous and reliable.